Pasyar Ilocos Day 2

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we immediately proceeded to our itinerary for the day.

Our pitstops:

Patapat Viaduct

This is a concrete highway built along the coastal area of Pasaleng Bay. As per other sites, this was constructed to answer the landslide problems in the area. Now, it’s one of the tourist attractions in Ilocos Norte.


We made a quick stop to buy the necessary supplies for our lunch. For our group, we just bought liempo, pork chop, and tilapia which we later asked the locals at the beach to grill for us.
Blue Lagoon
This is not the famous Pagudpod beach but it’s one of the many resorts in Pagudpod. The waves were strong so we opted not to swim. Instead we had photo ops and played a little with the waves reaching the shore. There were a lot of people today maybe because it’s Holy week and most people are off from work.
Bangui Windmills
Breathtaking site! Amazing technology. And oh, one of our travel companions works for the company who built the windmills hehe. We had more fun here playing with the waves. We met another couple who gladly took group pictures of us while jumping in the waves. Fun! Fun! Fun!

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

We arrived here just before sunset. Unfortunately, the way to the tower was already closed. Perhaps it’s for security reasons. You only have to climb a few steps before reaching the tower so it’s not very tiring. Once on top, you’ll have a spectacular view of mountains and seas, with the wind blowing gently. Perfect way to end the day.
The lighthouse was our last stop for the day. We went back to the hotel after for dinner and socials. For the second time, the singing group serenaded us again. 🙂
Expenses (Php):

Breakfast – 90
Lunch – 200
Dinner – 360

Pasyar Ilocos Day 1

At around 6 AM, we were already at Bantay Bell Tower in Vigan. After stretching and a few minutes of picture taking, we were called to proceed to Cafe Uno where we had a sumptuous breakfast.

After breakfast, we went back to the bell tower but there were already a lot of people so the driver suggested that we just visit it the third day.
Our pitstops:

Marcos Museum
Cameras are not allowed inside. This is where a replica of Marcos (made of wax) was laid for viewing. It’s still a little eerie to me even though I know it’s not his actual body. Another building contains the photo gallery where we saw the different faces of Macros and his family through the years. Imelda is a real beauty. No wonder Marcos was smitten by her.
Herencia Cafe
This is where we had lunch. We tried their famous Pinakbet pizza, together with tuna pizza. I loved it. Nice innovation to make a famous Ilocano dish to a pizza. Also, their mango shake is made of ripe sweet mango. Two thumbs up for that. It takes a while for the pizza to be cooked though, especially so that we were there during lunchtime where there are a lot of people. It’s still worth the wait.
Paoay Church
This must be one of the old structures that still have its own beauty and charm.
La Paz Sand Dunes
A patch of desert in the Philippines. According to our driver this is also a famous location for shooting of movies and TV series.
Malacanang of the North (Malacaniang ti Amianan)
As per history, this is strategically located because beside it is the sea where it can be an escape route when Marcos was ousted. The building is maintained, and it’s a good place for photo ops hehehe.
Java Hotel
Malacanang of the North is our last stop before proceeding to our hotel. It’s located a few minutes away from town so there’s green scenery all around. Service is ok as well. Their extra bed is literally a bed, not just foam placed on the floor. We had dinner at the hotel’s bar and restaurant as their food are reasonably priced. While eating, we were serenaded by a singing group. Nice.
They also offer room service massage which we availed.

Expenses (Php):

Breakfast – 100

Hat – 100
Lunch – 200
Dinner – 280
Massage – 600

Pasyar Ilocos Day 0

We availed of the tour package from Discover Asia International Travel and Tours. Since there are 5 of us, we paid Php 4,088.00 per pax inclusive of van fare, entrance but exclusive of meals all throughout the tour.

Meeting place last night was at SM Makati. We were supposed to leave at 12MN but since everyone was already there by 11:30 PM, we were able to leave 30 minutes earlier. Since that’s a package, we are expected to travel with other groups. We were all 14, including the driver.
We had a quick stopover at NLEX for last minute shopping. I think there were several stopovers but I was asleep most of the time so I lost count hehe.

Coron IT

Day 1: August 18, 2009
0730: Assembly at the airport
0945: ETD Manila
1100: ETA Busuanga
1200: ETA Lunch + Lunch
1330: Free time
1600: Mt. Tapyas
1800: Makinit Hot Spring
2000: Dinner

Day 2: August 19, 2009
0600: Breakfast
0730: Island Hopping (Culion)
1630: ETD Island Hopping
1730: ETA Town
1900: Dinner

Day 3: August 20, 2009
0600: Breakfast
0730: Island Hopping (Coron)
1630: ETD Island Hopping
1730: ETA Town
1900: Dinner

Day 4: August 21, 20090600: Breakfast
0730: Island Hopping
1630: ETD Island Hopping
1730: ETA Town
1900: Dinner

Day 5: August 22, 2009
0700: Breakfast/free time
1100: Early lunch
1200: ETD Coron
1500: ETD Busuanga
1600: ETA Manila

Chillax mode: A visit to Kwebang Lampas in Quezon

On Sunday, off we went to Kwebang Lampas in Quezon. It was an activitiy initiated by Anne.
Participants are some of her friends and mostly from Choral and Outdoor (clubs in the office).
The place:
  • Isolated so it was a perfect weekend getaway. You need to walk for about 30 minutes before you get to the beach. The trail at that time was muddy. At one point, we had to remove our slippers because it was really slippery.
  • There were only a few people that day so it was not crowded.
  • There’s a cave in the area. Chorale rehersed inside the cave. Trip lang nila hehehe.
  • There’s also a cliff where some enjoyed diving. For others, it was the time where they were able to conquer their fears and realize their dreams-that is to jump from cliff and dive into the water.
  • There’s a CR in the area but no shower room. You can take your shower in the place where you start your trek. I was not able to get the name of the family who lives there.
  • You can also rent a boat going to the beach if you don’t want to walk.
I was quiet most of time-due to lack of sleep hehehe. I was just contented watching the others’ antics and laughing with them. And no, I still did not conquer my fear of the deep waters, and I think I never will wehehe.
Was back in Manila around 1AM. Tiring but fulfilling.
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